March 31, 2020 CALL FOR ACTION
Thank you to Congress and An Ask for the Next Relief Package
Dear NJACP Members, Families and Advocates:
Thank you for all your advocacy thus far! The "asks" are coming fast during this crisis. ANCOR has sent the very important call for action below and we are hopeful members and others will respond. It partly thanks Congress, and a thank you can go a long way, especially since there is more our industry needs to sustain itself and Congress is already looking to what they would like included in the next COVID 19 relief bill. So please take a minute or two and use the link below to respond? Thanks so much.
The Ask: Use our one-click email tool to (1) thank Congress for including key disability provisions in the CARES Act, which became law last week, and (2) lay out essential next steps Congress must take to further stabilize I/DD supports during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Details: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law by the president on Friday, March 27. It contained three key provisions (listed below) which ANCOR’s community of advocates fought hard to obtain in the week leading up to the vote. Thanking your members of Congress when they support important disability legislation creates long-term goodwill and an opportunity to lay groundwork for future advocacy.
In particular, we want to thank Congress for:
• Making permanent “Margie and Isaiah’s Law,” which enables states to reimburse Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) for the time they spend supporting individuals during short-term hospitalizations.
• Making Medicaid-funded disability service providers eligible for emergency small business loans. Medicaid providers had been excluded in previous drafts, but your advocacy made a difference!
• Renewing the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program through November 30, 2020.
In addition to expressing our appreciation, we also want to educate Congress on important next steps it must take when working on a fourth COVID-19 relief package in May. Notably, advocates should emphasize the need to:
(1) improve provider organizations’ cash flow to ensure they can sustain their operations;
(2) prevent the closure of programs or service lines on which people with I/DD rely;(3) supercharge staff stabilization efforts so providers are well-equipped to retain, recruit and protect the health of direct support professionals.
By taking action today, you will help members of Congress and their staff—many of whom have been working tirelessly to ensure the needs of people with disabilities are met during this global health pandemic—feel appreciated. In turn, this will encourage their openness to future proposals that further stabilize disability supports. THANK YOU!!
March 23, 2020 Please see 2 ACTION ALERTS BELOW
ACTION ALERT #1
Due to some procedural challenges in the Senate that arose during the vote on the latest COVID-19 funding package, we now have extra time to make our voices be heard on the need for intellectual / developmental disabilities (I/DD) supports to be included in the relief package.
The Ask: Use our email tool to ask that the COVID-19 relief legislation include I/DD supports. As of right now, I/DD supports are NOT included!
The Details: Tonight, the Senate was supposed to vote on its latest COVID-19 funding package, which included $75 billion for a Public Health and Social Service Emergency Fund. However, the vote fell short of the required 60 votes to move the package, giving us an extra window of opportunity to ask for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers to be explicitly included in the package. As written, HCBS waivers are not included and there is ambiguity on which “care” providers are eligible for the emergency funding – which means the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary could impose limitations on which services receive the funds, leaving HCBS supports at risk of not receiving badly needed extra funding for overtime pay, hazard pay, DSP recruitment, paid family and sick leave, support for closed day services, etc.
Please keep up the pressure on Congress – we are hearing from insiders on Capitol Hill that your continued advocacy is making a difference!
American Network of Community Options & Resources
1101 King Street, Suite 380
Alexandria, VA 22314
ACTION ALERT #2
ACT NOW on Charitable Deduction in COVID-19 Relief Bill
NJAMHAA is sharing this advocacy alert from the Center for Non-Profits.
To all non-profit leaders and people who care about the work of charitable non-profits:
The Republican draft emergency economic stimulus bill in the U.S. Senate would allow all taxpayers – not just those who itemize their deductions – to receive a $300 tax credit. Senator James Lankford (R-OK) will be offering an amendment today or tomorrow that would significantly increase the cap on the above-the-line charitable deduction from what is in the draft Senate Republican bill. The National Council of Nonprofits has endorsed the Lankford Amendment and encourages your organization to do so too.
Please take two steps, IMMEDIATELY:
1. Fill out this online form to show your support for the proposed amendment
2. Send this message as a mass Action Alert to your networks; feel free to customize and send with your own logo, or for the sake of time, simply forward this email. Please act quickly.
3. Finally, please email or Tweet Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker to ask them to vote YES on the Lankford charitable deduction amendment.
NOTE - there are still many key provisions still in dispute as Democrats and Republicans are working NOW to negotiate this bill. But non-profits need a meaningful charitable giving incentive to be part of any package passed by Congress.
Thank you for your advocacy.
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